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Colorado State University

  • New Appointments: Jesse Burkhardt, Assistant Professor; Katie Hartmann, Coordinator of Undergrad Programs; Duy Nong, Post Doc; Libby Christensen, Post Doctorate
  • Return from Leave: Greg Graff
  • Leave: Andy Seidl, University of Trento, Italy, August 15, 2016-December 31, 2016
  • Positions Taken by Recent Graduates: Jada Thompson, PhD, Post-Doctorate, Kansas State University; Nicholas Janusch, PhD, Post-Doctoral Researcher, Center for Experimental & Applied Economics, University of Delaware; Misti Sharp, PhD, Instructor, University of Florida; Anne Bryne, MS,  PhD, Cornell; Patrick Hogan, MS, Research Analyst, Southwick Associates, Florida

Economic Research Service (USDA-ERS)

  • New Appointments: Brandon Restrepo, Agricultural Economist; M. Taylor Rhodes, Agricultural Economist; Eliana Zeballos, Research Agricultural Economist; Jeffrey Gillespie, Branch Chief; Chang Hong, Agricultural Economist; Monica Saavoss, Economist; Travis Minor, Cross-Commodity Analyst for Specialty Crops
  • Awards: Steve Martinez, Katherine Ralston, and Hayden Stewart USDA, USDA Secretary's Annual Honor Award for the Local Foods Study Team; Charlotte Tuttle, AAEA, “Honorable Mention” AJAE Best Journal Article and “Best Food Safety and Nutrition Article” for AJAE; Mark Denbaly, Shelly Ver Ploeg, John Kirlin, Jessica Todd, Lisa Mancino, Elina Page, Dawn Williams, and Christopher Dicken, USDA, Secretary's Annual Honor Award for the National Household Food Acquisition and Purchase Survey Group; Jayson Beckman, John Dyck, and Tani Lee, USDA, Lincoln Award; Jayson Beckman, John Dyck, and Tani Lee, USDA, Secretary’s Award for Customer Service; Fred Gale, AAEA, Quality of Communications Award; William Liefert and Olga Liefert, AAEA, Outstanding Article in Choices
  • Retirement: David Harvey, 37 years of service
  • Resignation: Seanicaa Edwards

University of Georgia

  • New Appointments: Ellen McCullough, Assistant Professor; Adam Rabinowitz, Assistant Professor; Levi Russell, Assistant Professor
  • Appointment Change: Joshua Berning, Associate Professor;
  • Positions Taken by Recent Graduates: Ellen Coats, MS, Economic Analyst, RTI; Chelsea Chambers, MS, Associate at Red Ventures in Charlotte, NC; Audrianna Marzette, MAB., Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, GA; Sarah Brown, MAB, Financial Analyst at Wells Fargo in Charlotte, NC; Jonathan Balchus, MAB, Farm Credit Administration in Denver, CO; Drew Dickerson, MAB, Data Analyst at Jacobsen in Charlotte, NC

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • New Appointment: Todd Hubbs, Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Appointment Changes: Mindy Mallory, Associate Professor; A. Bryan Endres, Professor
  • Awards: Madhu Khanna, AAEA, Fellow; Phil Garcia, AAEA, Distinguished Teaching Award-Ten or More Years’ Experience; Phil Garcia and Scott Irwin, AAEA, Quality of Research Award; Mark Althouse, Ryan Batts, Jonathan Coppess, Stu Ellis, Andrew Goers, Scott Irwin, Nick Paulson, Gary Schnitkey, Bruce Sherrick Carl Zulauf (OSU) Roy Black (MSU) John Clendaniel and Albert Essels (DSU), AAEA, Distinguished Extension/Outreach Program Award
  • Positions Taken by Recent Graduates: Tisorn Songermsawas, PhD, Economist, International Fund for Agricultural Development of the United Nations; Anthony Oliver, PhD, Economist, South Coast Air Quality Management District; Miao Wang, PhD, Credit Portfolio Risk Manager, CitiMortgage Inc.

International Food Policy Research Institute

  • New Appointments: Kindie Alamneh, Research Fellow; Beverly Postma, Chief Executive Officer, HarvestPlus
  • Awards: Guush Berhane, Stephen Devereux, John Hoddinott, Jessica Hoel, Keetie Roelen, Kibrewossen Abay, Martha Kimmel, Natasha Ledlie, and Thomas Woldu, UNICEF, Best of UNICEF Research 2016; Danielle Resnick, Urban and Local Politics Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA), Clarence Stone Scholar Award; Xiaobo Zhang, Peikang Chang Research Foundation of Development Economics, Peikang Chang Development Economics Outstanding Achievement Award; Amir Jilani, McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University, 2016 MPP Thesis Prize.

University of Maryland

  • Positions Taken by Recent Graduates: Davide Cerruti, PhD, Post-Doctorate, Centre for Energy Policy and Economics, ETH, Zurich; Jaclyn Evans, PhD, Senior Economist, U.S. Government Accountability Office; Patrick Fleming, PhD, Assistant Professor, Franklin & Marshall College; Monica Saavoss, PhD, Research Agricultural Economist, Economic Research Service, USDA
  • Visitor: Fernando Aragon, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Simon Fraser University (Burnaby, Canada), Visiting Scholar, September 2016- December 2016

University of Minnesota

  • Position Taken by Recent Graduate: Yihan Yang, MS, Research Scientist, Savvysherpa Inc.

Mississippi State University

  • Appointment Changes: Xiaofei Li, Assistant Professor; Keith Coble, Head of Agricultural Economics Department
  • Leave: Barry Barnett, Sabbatical- Germany, September 2016-June 2017

University of Missouri

  • Retirement: Vern Pierce, 20 years of service

Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS)

  • Appointment Change: Lakeitha Ruffin, NRCS State Economist

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

  • Award: Lia Nogueira-Rodriguez, WAEA, Outstanding Published Research Reviewer Award 2016
  • Position Taken by Recent Graduate: Iuliia Protopop, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Agriculture at Illinois State University

North Dakota State University

  • Appointment Change: Saleem Shaik, Director of Center for Agricultural Policy and Trade Studies

The Ohio State University

  • New Appointments: Bruce Braine, Lecturer; Lisa Briggs, Lecturer; Iryna Demko, Postdoctoral Researcher in Agribusiness; Robert Dinterman, Postdoctoral Researcher in Agribusiness; Charla Fraley, Lecturer; Peggy Hall, Lecturer; Scott Holley, Lecturer; Anna Parkman, Lecturer; Douglas Southgate, Lecturer; Christopher Williams, Lecturer
  • Positions Taken by Recent Graduates: Aneil Baron, PhD, Senior Analyst, Ernst & Young; LaPorchia Collins, PhD, Assistant Professor of Practice, Tulane University; James Goodenberger, PhD, Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics, Washington and Lee University; Yun Qiu, PhD, Assistant Professor, Jinan University Institute for Economic and Social Research; Victor Iturra Rivera, PhD, Assistant Professor, Universidad Catolica del Norte; Eric Tseng, PhD, Risk Modeling Analyst, Huntington National Bank; Benjamin Jara Valencia, PhD, Assistant Professor, Universidad Catolica del Norte
  • Visitor: Min Zhang, PhD Candidate, Zhejiang University, Visiting Scholar, September 2016 – March 2017.

Purdue University

  • New Appointments: Uris Lantz C. Baldos, Research Assistant Professor; Russell Hillberry, Associate Professor; William Secor, Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Award: Gerald Shively, African Association of Agricultural Economics, Fellow

Virginia Tech

  • Positions Taken by Recent Graduates: Corina Clements, MS, Pre-Sales Consultant, Avolution; Jed Cohen, PhD in Economics, Postdoc/Lecturer, West Virginia University; Vanessa Carrion, PhD in Economics, Coordinator, National Election Council of Ecuador; Michael Barrowclough, PhD in Economics, Teaching Faculty, Illinois State University; Meredith Adams, MS Applied Economic Management, District Sales Manager Trainee, Monsanto; Sarah McKay, MS of Science Applied Economic Management, General Mills; Alyssa Mark, MS of Science Applied Economic Management, Program Associate, Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program; Savannah Block, Legislative and Regulatory Analyst, The Russell Group
  • Leave: Jeff Alwang, Jordan, August 2016 – December 2016
  • Retirement: Gordon Groover, 33 Years of Service
  • Visitors: Majd Sayed Issa, Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Aleppo, Syria, Visiting Scholar, August 2015 – August 2017; Jue Zhu, PhD Student, Nanjing Agricultural University, China, Graduate Student Fellow, October 2016 – September 2017; Pei Guo, Dean of the College of Economics and Management, Chinese Agricultural University in Beijing, Guest Lecturer, October 31 – November 2; Tim Beatty, Associate Professor, University of California, Davis, Guest Speaker, September 16, 2016; Ray Owens, Staff Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Guest Speaker, September 23, 2016; Amanda Countryman, Assistant Professor, Colorado State University, Guest Speaker, September 30, 2016; Marc Hathaway, The Scoular Company, Guest Speaker, October 6, 2016; Derek Farnsworth, Assistant Professor, University of Florida, Guest Speaker, October 7, 2016; Jens Schubert, Assistant Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University, Guest Speaker, October 28, 2016; Dayton Lambert, Associate Professor, University of Tennessee, Guest Speaker, November 11, 2016; Pinka Chatterji, Associate Professor, State University of New York, Guest Speaker, Nov. 18, 2016

Washington State University

  • New Appointments: Can Tien, Assistant Professor; Richard Iles, Assistant Professor; Eric Jessup, Associate Research Professor
  • Award: Jill McCluskey, Washington State University, Washington State Academy of Sciences
  • Positions Taken by Recent Graduates: Sherzod Akhundjanov, PhD, Assistant Professor, Utah State University; Ryan Bain, PhD, Associate, Thomas Roney Economics Consulting; Miaoru Liu, PhD, Sr. Corporate Risk Officer, Zions Bancorporation; Tristan Skolrud, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Saskatchewan
  • Return from Leave: Andrew Cassey
  • Leaves: Jinhui Bai, China; Ana Espinola-Arredondo, Spain; Felix Munoz-Garcia, Spain
  • Retirement: Richard Shumway, 19 years of service
  • Resignations: Peter Tozer, Jeremy Sage